Karel Reisz remakes Emlyn Williams’s thriller of 1937. Finney is the seemingly naive bellboy with a penchant for decapitation who moves in with wealthy widow Washbourne and proceeds to wreak his unique brand of havoc. Not nearly as effective as the original, Finney is, none the less, creepily convincing, while his inventive use for the severed heads of his victims is not easily forgotten.

cast
Albert Finney as Danny
Mona Washbourne as Mrs. Bramson
Susan Hampshire as Olivia Greyne
Sheila Hancock as Dora Parkoe
Michael Medwin as Derek
Joe Gladwin as Dodge
Martin Wyldeck as Inspector Willett
John Gill as Foster

crew
Director: Karel Reisz

UK | 92 minutes | 1964